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What does it mean to "open a can of worms"?
- Lori AnnLv 61 decade agoFavorite Answer
Metaphorically speaking, to open a can of worms means to inadvertently create numerous new problems while trying to solve one.
It means that you have started something that is difficult,
complex, and out of your control.
To create a situation that will cause trouble or be unpleasant.
If you open a can of worms, you do something that will cause a lot of problems and is, on balance, probably going to cause more trouble than it's worth.
- 1 decade ago
Opening a can of worms means to start to reveal something that will be messy and hard to conceal. A literal can of worms would be filled with hundreds of squirmy worms that would fall all over the place. Attempting to catch all of them and get them back in the can would be very difficult. The same goes for so many things in our lives. Sometimes there are things that we say that can't be reversed or put back in the can, as it were. And like the worms that spread out everywhere the thing in question will spread out and impact other people.
- 1 decade ago
You've asked a question that will lead you to answers that you don't want to hear.
Or knowing the answers will cost you such a high price that you will regret ever having asked the first question.
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- Anonymous1 decade ago
it means once you open it they are all over the place and its a big nasty mess tio get them back in the can